Senate Democrats fail to block filibuster over judicial nominee
May 19th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats fail to block filibuster over judicial nominee

Washington (CNN) - Invoking a rarely used filibuster, Republican senators scored a major tactical and political victory Thursday, blocking a final floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee. California law professor Goodwin Liu has been tapped to serve on the U-S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco.

A cloture maneuver to end weeks of delays over the nomination failed when Democrats could not secure the necessary 60 votes
to end debate and move ahead with an up-or-down vote.

Liu was the first of President Obama's judicial picks to be successfully filibustered. Republicans complained he was inexperienced
and a partisan ideologue. Democrats countered he was a thoughtful mainstream candidate well qualified to serve.


Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Wow. I'm just blown away and furious that the ubiquitous filibuster and 60-vote rule is just accepted as the new normal in Congress. The public should be taking the GOP out to the woodshed for their dedication to each other ahead of their dedication to the American people.

    May 19, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. gt

    ouch!... bork... pay back to joe

    May 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Note that the article says that this nominee was the first selection to be successfully filibustered since Obama took office. That means that this was not the first nominee to be filibustered by the Republicans, just the first successful one. For those who may not know, the Republicans have filibustered almost every nomination ( more filibusters in 2 years than the previous 40 years combined; now that's just plain ridiculous )

    May 19, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republican senators scored a major tactical and political victory"

    Which, in the end, is really all that Republicans care about anymore ... tactical and political victory. Regardless of the damage caused, either to their Party or our Country. That's what happens when the likes of Rush Limbaugh is allowed to become spokesperson. Just ask Newt Gingrich how that's working out for him. He's but one in a long list of GOPers who actually do think outside the box of Limbaugh rhetoric.

    May 19, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. obama victim

    Sanity 1 Barry 0

    May 19, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Invoking a rarely used filibuster, Republican senators scored a major tactical and political victory Thursday
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    That's a joke. All the republican obstructionists have done for 18 months is filibuster. Why are they being paid? They don't do anything but try to ruin this country and keep our courts and other positions empty. But then, they do brag that if they can cause this president to fail (AND our country) they win. Win what? They won't win seats in the House or the Senate next year, and definitely will not win the presidency.

    Obama/Biden 2012 (and super majority dems in Senate and Congress).

    May 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will defeat Obozo in 2012. This guy does not deserve to be on our Supreme Court. Asian men HAVE NO PLACE in our govt! We will have a 1 party ALL WHITE CONSERVATIVE WOMEN GOVT!

    May 19, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't know this guy Liu, but here's what I DO know: I am sick and freakin tired of these DemoCRAPS not being able to back each other up and get things done. It is beyond ridiculous how they let these mental midgets the Rethugs get away with these half-assed stunts!
    What the hell is wrong with you guys?!! This is why I say and maintain: Does the President have to do everything himself by himself? Chicken turds!!

    May 19, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Freedom

    No more extreme liberal judicial activists! Thanks to all those who opposed him. Let Freedom Ring in 2012! GOP 2012!

    May 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Obviously, white male Demint and the Indian SC Governor do not approve of an oriental butting in on the Indian leader/White Male leader rule for any position in the U.S.

    May 19, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. DumbasRocks [R]s

    The HYPOCRICY from these [R]etards! Who was it that was screeching when Bush couldn't get a few of his ACTUAL rightwing ideologues through the senate? And now these same droopy tools have used the filibuster a record number of times during the Obama presidency to provide our country with a record number of open seats on the federal courts. Does anyone really think that [R]s love America? REALLY?

    May 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. DJ

    Inexperienced and partisan ideologue = He's not a conservative old white guy

    May 19, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. John

    The filibuster IS the block. The headline should have read: Republicans block senate once more.

    May 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. rs

    Yet another example of Republican bad behavior. Just cause delay, chaos and disorder. They are the American Taliban. They'll probably want ANOTHER bribe in some other senseless tax cut in order to let the government function as it should. 2012 cannot come soon enough!

    May 19, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Rex Raptor

    Why do the republicans hate America so much?

    May 19, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. JohnP

    If you took all of the name calling out of most of these replies there wouldn't be very much to read. Is that all anyone can do these days?
    I'm a Democrat but this guy's inexperienced, is this the best we can do?

    May 19, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will defeat Obozo in 2012. This guy does not deserve to be on our Supreme Court. Asian men HAVE NO PLACE in our govt! We will have a 1 party ALL WHITE CONSERVATIVE WOMEN GOVT!
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    Learn to read. It WAS NOT FOR SUPREME COURT. It was a Federal Judge in California, where money is wasted feeding criminals waiting for a trial. IDIOT.

    May 19, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |